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Mad Scientist guitar player for Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Dethklok and others brings a retrospective Artist series to JamPlay. Draw on his experience as a "first call" band leader and musician, learn how to put old licks into a new context, and learn to play passages of many staple Keneally songs that span his lengthy and diverse career! (More)

Mike's Contributions to JamPlay.com

Mike Keneally has 20 videos at JamPlay, with 20 lessons in our Artist Series. Use the tabs below to learn more.

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Keneally Retrospective

Join Mike Keneally in a retrospective of his music over the past 3 decades. His work with Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Dethklok and others have heavily influenced his own original compositions creating a truly unique mash up of eclectic styles.

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Mad scientist guitar player for Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Dethklok and others...

Length: 4:44
Lesson 2

Fingerpicking/Hand Sync...

Mr. Keneally looks at an excerpt from one of his original songs "Dee 'n' A" and presents...

Length: 13:01
Lesson 3

Cause of Breakfast -...

Mike teaches some key licks from the instrumental interlude to "Cause of Breakfast" off...

Length: 9:23
Lesson 4

Cause of Breakfast -...

Mr. Keneally continues with part 2 of 3 on the "Cause of Breakfast" interlude. Get an...

Length: 10:04
Lesson 5

Cause of Breakfast -...

Put all the pieces together and play the entire interlude as a whole. Be sure to check...

Length: 15:29
Lesson 6

Using Counterpoint

Keneally teaches the verse to his song "Dee 'n' A" and illustrates how you can play a...

Length: 15:28
Lesson 7

How to Solo over Shifty...

Mike Keneally details his process for developing and executing musical ideas over a chord...

Length: 9:42
Lesson 8

Open String Licks and...

Odd times and odd chords mixed with blazing open string licks comprise the recipe for...

Length: 11:01
Lesson 9

Messin' with Chuck Berry

Welcome to the first of many lessons where Mr. Keneally takes a 'standard- sounding' lick...

Length: 6:14
Lesson 10

Messin' with Country

Mike Keneally screws up a typical country lick based on 6ths. By keeping the rhythm the...

Length: 5:53
Lesson 11

Messin' with Hendrix

Mike Keneally takes a classic Hendrix sounding lick and substantially screws with it....

Length: 4:17
Lesson 12

Messin' with the Blues

Mike Keneally takes a lick that is traditionally used in a 12 bar blues progression and...

Length: 7:33
Lesson 13

Not So Standard Pentatonic...

He's done it again. Take a very standard A minor pentatonic lick and royally screw it...

Length: 5:07
Lesson 14

Screw Up This Sequence!

Make a familiar pentatonic run sound like a whole new animal. Harmonize with it. Harmonize...

Length: 5:42
Lesson 15

1988 Was A Million Years...

Mike Keneally's dissonant yet soothing fingerpicking is displayed in all its glory here...

Length: 9:41
Lesson 16

1988 Was A Million Years...

Keneally turns up the dissonance and the tempo as he teaches another passage from this...

Length: 14:34
Lesson 17

The Desired Effect

We have an alternate tuning and multiple melodies going on at the same time! Good fun!...

Length: 12:25
Lesson 18

Waiting On Williams

Clean pentatonic riffing is the name of the game with this '90s tune from Mr. Keneally....

Length: 9:50
Lesson 19

3 Octave Warm Up!

Get both hands warmed up with this 3 octave major scale drill. You'll stretch your fret...

Length: 5:39
Lesson 20

Lots of Sliding!

It's easy to slide. It's not easy to slide over and over again targeting specific notes...

Length: 4:46